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City of Morro Bay - Morro Bay, California

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Entry Level Salary:
$7,402.00 monthly
Top Pay:
$8,997.00 monthly

Job Description

The Commander is second-in-command of the Police Department, and oversees the day-to-day operations. Specific qualifications for this position include a Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college; POST Basic, Intermediate, Advanced and Supervisory certificates; and seven years of full time California law enforcement experience with at least 3 years at the rank of sergeant or above. ****Morro Bay is looking for candidates with exceptional, collaborative leadership skills; flexibility in their leadership style; have a reputation of good listening and communication skills; are an approachable coach and mentor; a reputation of initiating and supporting new ideas and solutions to problems; a progressive approach to law enforcement; is computer and technologically astute; has a decisive management ability; has a history of strong community involvement and an excellent working relationship with his/her police chief, members of the POA, department personnel, community and city government. Strong administrative skills and experience are highly desirable.

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The City of Morro Bay is a charming, tranquil community located on California’s picturesque Central Coast, halfway between Los Angeles and San Francisco. It is a spectacular setting, featuring the magnificent Morro Rock, harbor, rolling breakers in the outer bay, a sand spit and quiet inner bay. The community enjoys a peaceful way of life with miles of sandy beaches and offers plentiful opportunities for outdoor activities, including a beautiful golf course surrounded by natural pines, kayaking, sailing, world-class surfing, nature-hiking, whale-watching, sport fishing, windsurfing, beachcombing, excellent shopping, and fine dining with an abundance of seafood. As a tourist destination, Morro Bay is host to many special events throughout the year, including the Winter Bird Festival, Crusin’ Morro Bay Classic Car Show, Family 4th of July Celebration, Art in the Park, the renowned Harbor Festival, Margarita & Avocado Festival, World Skateboard Slalom Championships, Music Festival, Kite Festival, Surf Camp, and the Christmas Lighted Boat Parade. The high school and elementary school are both “Blue Ribbon” winners with Cuesta Community College and Cal Poly State University within an easy 15-minute commute. San Luis Obispo, located 12 miles to the south offers expanded shopping, entertainment, cultural and recreational activities and events. There are many nearby lakes, offering fresh water fishing and inland boating opportunities. Morro Bay is truly a family-oriented community, and boasts one of the lowest crime rates in the area. ****First organized in 1965, the Morro Bay Police Department currently consists of four fulltime Dispatchers, a Dispatch Supervisor, a Support Services Manager, three part-time/non-sworn employees, a reserve officer, and 17 full time sworn officers to include the Police Chief, Commander, four Sergeants, five Corporals and six Officers. Officers are assigned to ancillary duties, such as bicycle patrol, DARE Program, Regional SWAT Team, Explorer Advisor and Field Evidence Technicians. The Department enjoys a Police Volunteer program, with approximately thirty involved volunteers, and a Police Explorer program for area youth. A Neighborhood Watch program further promotes community partnership. The Department is highly active in the community, and sponsors an annual Thanksgiving Community Dinner, annual Caroling Cop Cars event, Surf Camp, and participation in other community events. The Department’s vision statement is simple: “To be the finest law enforcement agency possible.” The Morro Bay Police Department is committed to providing the highest level of police services in partnership with our community. The management and leadership philosophy is one of collaboration, recognizing that every employee is important to the organization, and to encourage our employees to foster and feel part of the organization. The Department promotes employee input on decision making within the organization. We enjoy a family-type atmosphere, and have established the following organizational values: •Accountable to ourselves, the public and the police profession; •Trust, with open/honest communication within the department and with the community; •Ethical, honest, and courageous behavior, which honors the police profession both on and off the job; •Respect for the rights and dignity of all people; •Commitment to innovation and creativity to solve problems and take appropriate risks; •Fairness and consistency in our actions; •Professionalism, which values excellence and high quality of work; Cops West 2009 “Best Cruiser Design” •A work environment that values enthusiasm, a sense of humor and fun; and •Commitment to teamwork in the department and the community to maintain a high quality of life.

Job Requirements

  • Age: n/a
  • Education: Bachelor's degree from accredited college; POST Supervisory certificate
  • Experience: 7 years full time law enforcement experience
*Salary: $88,826 to $107,968 (9% PERS included in salary; employee pays 9% PERS; and 4% salary increase projected for 7/1/10) *Vacation: 80 hours/yr, plus an additional day every two years to maximum of 160 hours/yr; 400 hours maximum accumulation *Admin. Leave: 64 hours/year with 40 hours upfront upon hire *Holidays: 13 days per year *Sick Leave: 12 days per year *Retirement: 3% @ 50, single highest year *Insurance: Medical paid up to $1,010/family; dental, life, and vision up to $125/family. Long Term Disability plan paid by city. *Def. Comp: City contributes up to $1,000 per year to employee’s deferred compensation on a matching 2:1 ratio *City Vehicle: An unmarked city take home vehicle is provided (restrictions for vehicle – must live within 30 minutes commute or 30 miles from city limits) **City does not pay into Social Security ****Complete a City application form and management questionnaire, include five references, a resume and cover letter, and send to the address below. An application and management questionnaire are available on-line at the City’s official website. http://www.morro-bay.ca.us City of Morro Bay Attention Jamie Boucher Human Resources Analyst 595 Harbor Blvd. Morro Bay, CA 93442 Phone: 805-772-6207

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City of Morro Bay
595 Harbor
Morro Bay, California 93442
phone: (805) 772-6207

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